#622: That Thing You Did Do.

Texas A-Kon postponed, MediaOCD acquires AnimEigo, and Pokémon gets a Time Magazine cover set as well as lighting up the night sky in NYC! Also, an animator survey reveals yearly salary and average hours worked, and the numbers are exactly how you’d think, TOYOTA releases an Initial D-inspired series trailer, and Tokyo gets new Sailor Moon manhole covers! Meanwhile in Japan… A vending machine begins selling old bread, and doctors recommend acting like a dying cockroach to help with hay fever?!

#621: “Weird Al” Wasn’t Referring to the Snow

AnimeNext 2024 was canceled, the Funimation app shut down as the Crunchyroll app took over, and the loss of digital “purchases”. Also, a man was sentenced to a year in prison over threats against a voice actor, the Knuckles live-action series spinoff gets a trailer and streaming date, and Trigun manga delayed until fall?! Meanwhile in Japan, a park offers love confession plans, a Yakuza member extorts money from a ninja, and thieves arrested for stealing, came to Japan just to do it?!

#620: Now That’s a Bit Too Potent

Konami‘s anime studio released a Yu-Gi-Oh! anniversary video, an anime streaming website has been added to a government watchlist, and The most popular manga app in 2023 is not the one people will most think of… Also, websites “hacked” to mark the Laughing Man incident date, the Sailor Moon musical gets 1st new production in 4 years, and Scott Pilgrim along with Super Mario Bros. nominated for ACE Eddie Awards! Meanwhile in Japan… SEGA‘s successor opened a new arcade with a bar inside, and a principal was fired for stealing less than 5 dollars worth of coffee?!

#619: Space Constraints.

Ghost In The Shell Laughing Man Incident timeline is about to start, the SPYxANYA video game will be released globally, and The Pokémon Company will look into possible IP infringement. Also, Kyoto court hands down sentencing in arson case, 11 people arrested for game console resale scam, and a Love Live School Idol Project writer unveils original anime film! Meanwhile in Japan… A festival requested naked men cover up for the first time in its history, and Setsubun Luck sushi rolls just for your pets!

#618: BossaNovaLogic

Magical DoReMi to unveil their 25th anniversary video in March, Artist gets called out for lying about working on Studio Ghibli flick, and Legal threats are taken against manga app Tachiyomi. Also, a long-awaited boys’ love anime was canceled, the Sapporo Snow Festival announced a Gundam sculpture, and Yoshiki auctioned his crystal piano for charity. Meanwhile, in Japan, Yoshiki to compose a global theme for Hello Kitty, Nippon Ham’s newest tuna sashimi is neither ham, nor fish, and the newest Pizza Hut pizza took 6 months to perfect?!

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